MS in Oral Sciences/Advanced Specialty

Program Description

The Master of Science in Oral Sciences prepares the next generation of dental faculty and clinicians who will serve as leaders in oral health care and within their respective dental specialties. Graduates of the program will be able to use research skills and knowledge in their practices to improve health outcomes for patients. The MS in Oral Sciences program accepts only students who have already been accepted into one of the College of Dentistry's postgraduate specialty programs. In addition to coursework, a research thesis and a final thesis defense are required.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the MS in Oral Sciences must be a current student of one of the College of Dentistry’s postgraduate specialties. Additional requirements include GRE scores above the 50th percentile and, for international candidates, minimum levels of English proficiency as set by the University's Office of Admissions.

How to Apply

Timing  Candidates may apply to MS in Oral Sciences after enrollment in one of the College's Advanced Specialty programs.  Domestic candidates may apply no later than November 1st of the first year of their Advanced Specialty programs.  International candidates must apply no later than July 15th of the summer prior.  Candidates who apply after the deadline cannot expect to complete the MS concurrently with the completion of the Advanced Specialty program.

Procedures  The application for the MS in Oral Sciences is separate from that completed for the candidate's Advanced Specialty program. An electronic application must be completed through UIC’s online application system.

The following items must be uploaded by the individual applicant through UIC's application system: 

  • Personal statement (no longer than 1-2 pages- candidates should discuss their motivation for conducting research and how research supports their career goals)
  • Transcripts
  • GRE scores taken within the last 5 years (evidence of JCNDE National Board Part II certification may be substituted)
  • Letter from the Head or Advanced Specialty Program Director endorsing the application
  • Evidence of English proficiency (international candidates only).

Incomplete applications cannot be considered.  Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their applications online and ensuring that all required documents have been uploaded.

Tuition & Fees

Please visit UIC's tuition and fees page for current tuition rates for the MS program. Please note that annual increases in tuition should be expected. Information about how to fund your education can be found at the UIC Office of Financial Aid.

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